This project was born out of a needle felting challenge that I had on YouTube. I asked my subscribers to challenge me to make a character, and the winner requested that I create a tutorial on how to make the Gudetama plushie that you see pictured in the beginning of this video.
Gudetama is a recent Sanrio character that was released in 2014. Unlike most of Sanrio’s characters, Gudetama is a sad, whiny, lethargic egg. He always has a face of despair. His attitude is related to the fact that he only exists to be eaten. Gudetama was part of a contest by Sanrio to find new characters based on popular Japanese food. Kirimi, the salmon head was the winner, while Gudetama was the runner-up.
Gudetama comes in many forms but in this tutorial I show you how to make the tamago-sushi version. I use a rectangular stencil to shape the tamago (egg) portion of the sushi, while I free hand the rice, which is more rounded than the tamago.
After making Gudetama, I was inspired to make more kawaii sushi to complete my set, so stay tuned for additional sushi needle felting tutorials!
5 grams of yellow wool (4 for base, 1 for feet and hands; use remaining to correct imperfections and attach parts)
4 grams of white wool
1 gram of black wool
Cardboard for stencil (8×1.5 inches or 20.3 x3.81 cm)
Stencil measurements in inches: 2.25 length x 1.25 width x 1.5 height)
Stencil measurements in centimeters: 6 length x 3 width x 3.8 height)
Time Required: Approximately 75-90 minutes
Yellow base: 15 mins
white rice: 15 mins
feet: 10 mins
hands: 5-7 mins
seaweed strip: 10 minutes
face: 5-10 minutes
attaching feet: 5 minutes
attaching hands: 5 minutes
attaching seaweed: 5-10 minutes
Difficulty level: Advanced beginner
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